The Arthur C. Harmon papers are contained within the Tuskegee Airmen Archive. This archive consists of material related to
those individuals who served at Tuskegee Army Air Field, and its predecessors, as well as material pertaining to Tuskegee
Airmen, Inc., a non-profit organization.
This collection is comprised of material that documents the military career and personal life of Arthur C. Harmon, a Lieutenant
Colonel of the United States Air Force who trained at Tuskegee Army Air Field during World War II. It contains items collected
or created by Harmon regarding United States military history including that of the Tuskegee Airmen, African American history,
and Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. Military service records, correspondence, certificates, flight manuals, pilot supplies, clothing,
newspaper clippings, videotapes, books, patches, photographs, and other material are included.
Arthur C. Harmon was born in Topeka, Kansas on June 26, 1925 and raised in Los Angeles, California. As a young child, Harmon
became captivated by aviation through radio programs such as the Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen and model airplane building.
He also showed an early interest in music and at the age of seventeen became a member of the local Musicians Union. In 1943,
Harmon decided to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a pilot and joined the United States Army Air Corps. He trained at
the Tuskegee Army Air Field and graduated from class TE-45-G as a Second Lieutenant on October 16, 1945. Upon graduation,
he was assigned to the 617th Medium Bombardment Squadron of the 477th Composite group as a pilot. This group never saw action
in World War II as Japan surrendered before their training was complete and the group was disbanded on July 1, 1947.
10.5 linear feet
(3 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, 2 record storage boxes, 2 flat storage boxes)
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of California, Riverside Libraries, Special Collections & Archives. All
requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections
& Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California as the owner of the
physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by
The collection is open for research.